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Sunday, 9th of September, 2018

Playlist 09.09.18 (9:10 pm)

After tonight I'm away interstate for two weeks doing touring stuff. Lots of great music tonight, and my fill-in peeps will have plenty of interesting stuff for you in the interim!

LISTEN AGAIN and then go back and listen to some other shows, but also listen to the show in my absence because it's always cool people m'kay? Stream on demand at the FBi website and podcast over here.

Original Past Life - Wire Fatigue [Original Past Life Bandcamp]
A fantastic piece of slightly menacing instrumental rock/sound from Perth's Original Past Life, based around a heavy drum sample (of themselves). OPL feature members of some semi-legendary Perth postrock outfits. Their new album is on its way, and if this is any indicator, it'll be fantastic!

Ned Collette - Stateless Brave [It Records]
Ned Collette - Oh Man [It Records]
Two more tracks from the wonderful new album from Melbourne/Berlin experimental songsmith Ned Collette. I was talking to Chris Abrahams just today and he mentioned that he's hearing quite a bit of Robert Wyatt in Ned's music now, as well as Leonard Cohen, and I can hear that for sure - along with other obvious touchstones like late Talk Talk. Ned's an expert at unusual chord progressions and surprising melodic twists, and here we also hear the more chaotic sonic experimentation he's gotten up to.

Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad - Pulser [Grappa]
Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad - Hymn [Grappa]
Trondheim Voices + Asle Karstad - Ritual #3 [Grappa]
Norway and Sweden produce an unseemly amount of incredible music. I've played a lot of brilliant jazz & experimental music from Norway in the past, and amazingly none of the improvising vocalists I'm familiar with seem to actually be members of Trondheim Voices. Using wireless devices called maccatrols devised by Asle Karstad that allow each singer to pitch-shift, loop and add delay/reverb to their voices as they move around a performing space, the singers have created an engrossing, shifting, kaleidoscopic selection of pieces for their stunning new album Rooms & Rituals. Fantastic discovery.

Oliver Coates - Prairie [RVNG/Bandcamp]
Oliver Coates - Faraday Monument [RVNG/Bandcamp]
Oliver Coates - Cello Renoise (feat. Chrysanthemum Bear) [RVNG/Bandcamp]
Named after a legendary nightclub from the rave years and a planet from the Marvel Comics universe, the new album from London cellist Oliver Coates wears some of its influences on its sleeve. The first track tonight, a lovely piece of ambient cello, is a bit of a misdirection - there's lots of joyful rave stuff on here, beats that veer from Squarepusher-like programmed breakbeats to lovely ambient techno. Frequent collaborator Chrysanthemum Bear contributes some wordless vocals, and there's a pleasing amount of cello mixed in with the programmed beats and synth pads.

Derek Piotr - koli [Derek Piotr Bandcamp]
Derek Piotr - pure [Derek Piotr Bandcamp]
Derek Piotr - DZ [Derek Piotr Bandcamp]
The new album grunt from Derek Piotr is described on the release page as posthuman #voicenoise, and that's as good an explanation as any. The artist is known for his work with processed vocals, sometimes veering into more electro-pop territory, but this new album is as granular and experimental as he gets. In fact on the first couple of listens I was convinced it was mainly synthesized electronic sound, but knowing that the sources still lean heavily on the voice, it's easy to hear that. Highly recommended for a discombobulating journey into complex sonic destruction and a contrast to Trondheim Voices!

Andreas Lutz - Analog Read [KASUA Records]
Andreas Lutz - Nulled Fields [KASUA Records]
German artist Andreas Lutz brings us malfunctioning machines on his new album Binary Supremacy - on our first selection, a computerised voice spitting out numbers while drum machines scatter quasi-rhythmic patterns and a ravey bassline gradually asserts itself. Elsewhere, the rhythm is built from individual drum machine hits and little shards of sound over a blurry drone and muffled piano notes.

Automatisme - Bureau 1 [Constellation/Bandcamp]
Automatisme - Transport 1 [Constellation/Bandcamp]
Automatisme - Bureau 0 [Constellation/Bandcamp]
It's really nice hearing legendary Montréal postrock label Constellation widening its scope to release glitchy electronic artists and the like these days. Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec-based producer William Jourdain draws a lot from the glitch-dub artists of the '90s and early '00s - I hear a lot of Vladislav Delay in these tracks, particularly in the way the rhythms are spattered on the canvas, but it's more than just aping a style, for all that it sounds like the music from that glorious heyday a (gulp) couple of decades ago...

Isama Zing - Stock Hausen [The Wire/SHAPE Platform]
Bérangère Maximin - The Broken Shoe [The Wire/SHAPE Platform]
Two European experimental artists courtesy of the bonus CD attached to the October 2018 edition of The Wire, one of the recurring compilations provided by SHAPE Platform (Sound and Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe!). Slovakian artist Isama Zing deconstructs dance music styles and seems to be equally referencing the 20th century electronic composer and the English sampladelic pranksters Stock, Hausen & Walkman... French sound artist Bérangère Maximin gives us a welcome new work, somewhat musique concrète in its composition.

Maxim Shalygin - Horns (Machineabriek remix) [Machinefabriek Bandcamp]
Frequent visitor to UFog playlists Machineabriek here finds himself remixing a new work by Ukrainian born composer Maxim Shalygin, performed by Shapeshift Ensemble. Lacrimosa or 13 magic songs is composed for seven violins, but they are augmented by Rutger Zuydervelt with percussion and electronics for this remix.

101BPM - Rarn [Countersunk]
This is the second track from the 101 Beats Per Minute project put together by Irish producer Dunk Murphy of Sunken Foal etc. I think it may again be him, this time in his Minced Oath guise - it's a lovely piece of minimalist electronics and a submerged percussion loop.

Paul Mac & Andy Rantzen - The Currawong Shall Return (excerpt) [Longform Editions]
The duo of Paul Mac & Andy Rantzen is best known as Sydney rave pioneers Itch-E & Scratch-E. This is from their contribution to the new label run by the peeps behind legendary Sydney label Preservation - Longform Editions, dedicated to encouraging artists to create music in a more extended fashion, and encouraging listeners to concentrate on one single piece of audio work for an extended length of time. Paul & Andy have produced a beautiful and eerie work out of time-stretched sounds including the very attenuated cry of the currawong. It's 35 minutes in total, so you'll have to settle down & listen to the whole thing for yourself!

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